FEDERAL politicians, corporate supporters and members of the press gallery took part in our Parliamentary Street Soccer Cup in Canberra on 12 October.
Anthony Albanese, Graham Parrett and Peter Khalil were among Federal MPs to swap their suits for soccer jerseys at the annual Cup, held on Senate Oval.
The tournament raised awareness of our Community Street Soccer Program, which is funded by the Federal Government and supports homeless and disadvantaged people around Australia.
Players from all walks of life come together at weekly soccer training sessions to get fit and form friendships, while receiving health education in an informal, supportive environment. More than 7000 participants have engaged with the program since it launched in 2007.
The Big Issue CEO Steven Persson said many players had made remarkable changes to their lives. “The Community Street Soccer Program has a strong positive impact on players’ physical and mental health,” he said.
“This tournament gives politicians and parliamentary staffers the chance to meet Street Soccer players, learn more about the program and the difference it makes in players’ lives."
The Department of Health took home the trophy, beating the press gallery team in the final. Other participating teams included politicians, parliamentary staffers, Clayton Utz and Capital Estate Developments.
Click here to see photos from the day.